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Covering Kids and Families: Back-to-School Campaign and New Grants Program Will Increase Health Insurance and Access to Health Care
In 2000, a survey by Covering Kids found that 60% of the parents who qualify did not believe the free or low-cost programs applied to them, even though many families are eligible for Medicaid, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), and other public and private sector health insurance programs for children in working families. Other reasons for underenrollment include the complex application process, perceived stigma attached to public coverage, disruption of continuous coverage because of changes in eligibility, and lack of coordination across public and private programs.
Lack of health insurance coverage is both widespread and a serious problem:
In addition, a new, four-year, $55 million national health access initiative called Covering Kids and Families (CKF), builds on the original Covering Kids program which concludes in 2002. CKF is also supported by RWJF and is directed by the Southern Institute on Children and Families. Both programs reflect the commitment of RWJF and supporting organizations to assuring that all Americans have access to basic health care. The new grants support state and local coalitions to (1) find, enroll, and retain eligible children; (2) to find, enroll, and retain eligible adults in states that have expanded coverage at or above 100% of the federal poverty level; and (3) to improve access to health care services once family members are enrolled in health coverage programs.
For information on both programs, including the CFK grants (awarded in three cycles through February 2002), go to http://www.coveringkids.org.
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